Apple iPhone 4 Review Good and Bad, but not Ugly

Since the Apple iPhone 4 was released several months ago, telephone connoisseurs have now had enough time to assess both the good and the bad about it, and there’s a bit of both to review here. Costs have come down a little, and there are some significant improvements, yet a discriminating buyer must make an individual judgment call as to whether the iPhone 4 merits the attention it has been receiving lately.

Apple iPhone 4

In essence, the iPhone 4 is a well-built device with an appearance similar to its earlier ancestors. The height and width are about the same as the last iPhone, yet, the profile is much thinner, with a thickness of only 9.3 millimeters. The weight is about the same, though, at a hefty 137 grams.

There are several notable improvements: A higher-resolution display, a much-improved 5 megapixel camera, an added (second) camera for video calling, and longer battery life. Yet, serious flaws counterbalance the improvements. First, the cost remains high in most markets. And, the antenna suffers from a worrisome design flaw which affects the phone’s reception if the unit is held incorrectly.

Apple iPhone 4  – The Bad

First, let’s cover the negatives. Although Apple’s iPhone 4 is the best phone in the series overall, still it’s the most expensive. In most markets, it not only bears a high service fee, in order to get the 32GB version, it costs even more. In these difficult economic times, it can be hard to justify the high cost of equipment that’s only a wee bit better than the previous generation.

Cost aside, the worst drawback of the iPhone 4 is the spotty reception that can result if the user’s hand covers the bottom left-hand corner of the phone, blocking the signal. This design flaw results from the fact that the stainless steel body of the handset serves as an antenna, and it seems to be prone to interference. There is a work-around in the form of an optional carrying case which appears to prevent the interference problem.

Apple iPhone 4  – The Good

Overall, the dual drawbacks of a flaky antenna and high cost would be enough to condemn any other telephone to poor sales and short product life. Yet, the Apple iPhone marque carries the day… Simply because it bears the iPhone name, the 4 demands a second look. And, if one can overlook the negatives, this phone has enough good improvements to satisfy most users.

Although the display is the same size as previous models, the iPhone 4 features twice the number of pixels, resulting in great image quality. And, the upgraded cameras are a great selling point—Not only has the resolution of the still camera been increased to 5 megapixels, the video camera has been upgraded to record video at HD resolution. Most significantly, a secondary camera has been added to enable video calling…. Very impressive! Finally, battery life has been lengthened by as much as 40% according to Apple. And, multitasking has been speeded and streamlined, and new functionality added in the form of a bewildering variety of apps.

In summary, it can be said that the Apple iPhone 4 has both good and bad points, all in the same attractive package that has made winners of its ancestors. The iPhone 4 is certainly a step up from the iPhone 3G series, yet there is still a long way to go toward making the phone affordable and fixing the antenna-design flaw. Each telephone consumer must consider the good and the bad in order to make his or her own decision.

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